Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Stocking Stuffers for Cozy Lovers

Kerry Hammond joins us today with lots of cozy mystery recommendations for mystery-loving stocking stuffers. Cozy novels are mysteries where the murder takes place off stage so you don't see the gore of a murder. Traditionally sex is implied not described in detail and there is no swearing. Agatha Christie novels were the model for these mysteries. 

If you have any cozy readers on your Christmas list, books make great stocking stuffers. Paperbacks are a great price, and let’s face it, they fit so nicely in a Christmas stocking. There are so many great authors out there that to name them all would take me forever. I have, however, managed to narrow it down to a list of a few authors that I can recommend. Each writes at least one great series, many write two or more. Any of these books would make that special someone happy, and cozy, for the holidays.

Jane K. Cleland’s Josie Prescott Antique Mysteries. Josie is an antique appraiser who left her life in NY City to move to a small town in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, this small town seems to have more murders than the big apple, and Josie finds herself mixed up in all sorts of trouble. The antiques and art that play a part in these books is really interesting. There are 9 books in the series. 

Laura Childs writes the Tea Shop Mystery Series featuring Theodosia Browning, the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston. If you think tea shops are quaint little places where not much of anything happens, you are sadly mistaken. Theo has appeared in 14 books so far and never seems to run out of murder and mayhem. Laura also writes Scrapbook Mysteries and Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Kate Carlisle’s Bibliophile Mysteries. What book lover wouldn’t enjoy reading a mystery about a bookshop? Brooklyn Wainwright is a bookbinder in San Francisco who finds out that owning a rare edition of a book can sometimes lead to murder. There are 8 books and an E-novella in the series. Kate also writes a Fixer-Upper Mystery series. 

Kate Collins writes the Flower Shop Mystery series featuring Abby Knight. Abbey is a law school dropout who owns a flower shop in her small hometown. You would think that owning a flower shop would be much safer than being a lawyer, but you would be wrong. Abbey gets involved in quite a few dicey situations in the 15 books that make up the series.

Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Eye Mystery series features Abby Cooper, a psychic intuitive. For those who like a little woo-woo in their reading, you can’t beat this series. Abby is a fun character and I love to follow her as she tries, and sometimes fails, to see what’s coming before it happens. There are 11 books in the series. Victoria also writes a Ghost Hunter series.

Blaize and John Clement’s Dixie Hemingway Mystery series take place in Siesta Key, Florida. Dixie lost her husband and child in a tragic car accident and gave up her job as a deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office to become a pet sitter. None of the pets are harmed in the books, but I can’t say the same for some of the pet owners. There are 9 books in this series. 

Happy shopping!

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